Meghan Markle Brought the House Down with Rousing International Women’s Day Speech

Meghan Markle stayed true to her feminist roots this International Women’s Day and used her platform to champion women’s rights.

The pregnant 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex sat on a panel hosted by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust at King’s College today, where she shed light on the issues facing women globally.

Markle, who was named vice president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust earlier today, spoke alongside thought leaders like singer and humanitarian Annie Lennox, activist and model Adwoa Aboah, Campaign for Female Education executive director of Africa Angie Murimirwa, Let Us Learn founder Chrisann Jarrett, 27th Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and The Economist senior editor Ann McElvoy.


During the panel, the duchess delivered a powerful and thought-provoking speech, saying, “If things are wrong and there is a lack of justice and an inequality, someone needs to say something, and why can’t it be you?”

She went on to explain her outlook on feminism, noting, “I’ve said for a long time you can be feminine and a feminist, you can be masculine. And I think in terms of masculinity you understand that your strength includes knowing your vulnerabilities and your sense of self and security, and your confidence comes from knowing a woman by your side, not behind you, is actually something you should not be threatened about…you should feel really empowered in having that.” Amen, Meghan.

Markle cares so deeply about championing women that she even likened Baby Sussex’s kicking to “the embryonic kicking of feminism” during the event.

In addition to Markle’s capacity in the foundation, her husband, Prince Harry, (who’s also a feminist), serves as president and Queen Elizabeth is patron. The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust aims to connect young leaders across the world and encourages them to focus on social change so they can help provide empowerment opportunities to those around them.

Anyone else suddenly feel super inspired?


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